Las Vegas: Tony Schumacher preview

SCHUMACHER LOOKING TO BUILD ON FIRST WIN OF THE YEAR LAS VEGAS, Nev., March 31 - After the victory celebration was over at Houston Raceway Park last Sunday, U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher took a little time to absorb the...

SCHUMACHER LOOKING TO BUILD ON FIRST WIN OF THE YEAR

LAS VEGAS, Nev., March 31 - After the victory celebration was over at Houston Raceway Park last Sunday, U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher took a little time to absorb the moment for himself and then offered his team one simple message.

"I just told the guys we need to stay the course out in Las Vegas," said the defending world champion. "I said we need to be every team's worst nightmare on a continual basis."

Seeking a second straight win, Schumacher and his U.S. Army crew will head to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend for the SummitRacing.com Nationals. It's round five of the 24-race NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. Schumacher, a four-time winner at The Strip, jumped from fifth in the standings to second following his win in the O'Reilly Spring Nationals. He now trails leader Antron Brown by just 20 points.

"That was big for a lot of reasons," added Schumacher. "I'm really happy for Mike Green (his crew chief) and the guys. You can't imagine how much they wanted to deliver a win to our Soldiers. They know what it means to them. Of course, we don't want to stop with just this one victory. We're going after plenty more."

In pursuit of his sixth straight world title and the seventh of his career, Schumacher knows he's in for a tough fight the rest of the season.

"There are a bunch of teams who can rise up on any given Sunday and win," he said. "Make no mistake - the competition is as fierce as ever. But, that's what makes you get up on race day with a smile on your face. Like I always state, it's not about the trophy but what you had to do to get it. It's all about the challenge and my U.S. Army team is definitely up for it."

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Tony Schumacher